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Senate Unanimously Passes Leahy-Grassley Patents For Humanity Act

Government and Politics

November 29, 2022


Senate Unanimously Passes Leahy-Grassley Patents For Humanity Act

WASHINGTON – On Monday night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Patents for Humanity Program Act of 2022, written and sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), sending the bipartisan bill back to the House for final passage.  This bill codifies the Patents for Humanity Program, which awards innovators for revolutionary inventions that solve humanitarian development challenges.

Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-08) and Veronica Spartz (R-IN-05) are the sponsors of this bill in the House of Representatives.

Leahy and Grassley have been strong supporters of the program since its creation in 2012 by the Obama Administration.  The program was boosted in 2020 through the Patents for Humanity Program Improvement Act, also authored by Leahy and Grassley.